Wuxi Classic: Reanne Evans beaten in wildcard round; Jimmy White ousts Ricky Walden
Last Updated: 17/06/13 7:19pm
Reanne Evans: keen for more experience in world ranking tournaments
Reanne Evans, the first female qualifier for the main stages of a ranking event, crashed out in the Wuxi Classic on Monday.
The nine-time World Ladies Champion from Dudley was beaten 5-2 by China's Zhu Yinghui in the wildcard round, denying her a first-round clash with world number one Neil Robertson.
Evans lost the first frame despite being first in with 35, and fell 3-0 down before getting on the board with the highest break of the match, 79, in the fourth.
She closed to within one frame but could make no further inroads as Zhu clinically closed out the match.
"I just need more matches in these conditions, that can only sharpen and improve my game. The more comfortable you are, the better you're going to play."
"I struggled at the start, I should have won the first frame," Evans told World Snooker's official website.
"That was a big frame because I was playing in a ranking event for the first time.
"It took me a while to get into the match because of my lack of experience in these conditions. This will stand me in good stead for the future. I'll be playing in the PTCs and maybe I'll get the chance to play in another ranking event.
"I just need more matches in these conditions, that can only sharpen and improve my game. The more comfortable you are, the better you're going to play.
"I have loved every minute of it. I'm disappointed by the result but I have loved my first time in China - the people have been so welcoming. It has been fantastic, I have really enjoyed myself and the people have been so supportive."
Six-time World Championship finalist Jimmy White produced the shock of the first round by beating defending champion Ricky Walden 5-2.
The 51-year-old, a winner of 10 ranking titles in his career, rediscovered some of his old break-building fluency with runs of 60, 59, 60 and 57 and, with the world number nine threatening to close to 5-3, came from 55-0 down and played a good safety on the final blue to set up victory.
"It's a fantastic victory for me to beat Ricky," White said. "I played well to go 4-1, then it looked like going 4-3 so I was pleased to clear up. The result gives me a lot of confidence.
"The motivation for me is days like today - playing good snooker, beating the defending champion and entertaining the fans."
White's fellow veterans Alan McManus and Ken Doherty went head to head, with the match finishing 5-3 in the Scot's favour.
Stuart Bingham's good form of last season continued with a 5-2 win over China's Yu Delu and he will next face Anthony Hamilton, who beat Ryan Day by the same scoreline.
As expected, Ding Junhui led the home challenge, though he had to work hard to beat Jamie Burnett 5-3.
There were also 5-3 wins for Cao Yupeng against Michael White and Lyu Haotian against Craig Steadman.
Hong Kong's Marco Fu beat Nigel Bond 5-2 and Thailand's Dechawat Poomjaeng, who became a crowd favourite at the Crucible during this year's World Championship, hammered Welshman Dominic Dale 5-1.
Martin Gould, Mark King, Joe Perry, David Gilbert and Joel Walker also reached the second round.
Lu Ning, Vinnie Calabrese and Jimmy Robertson were the other winners in the wildcard round.